Stern's Guide to the Greatest Resorts of the World, Stern's Guide to the Cruise Vacation, Stern's Guide to European Riverboats and Hotel Barges, and The Indispensable Guide to Foreign Words and Phrases--by Steven B. Stern (Sponsored by Stern's Travel Guides, Ltd.)
When writing each annual edition of Stern's Guide to the Cruise Vacation, I have used Oficial Steamship Guide International as the most helpful and authentic source of information for the itineraries of cruise ships throughout the following year. This indispensable publication lists the itiineraries and dates for every ship cruising in every area of the world. The publication is also available on line. Go to www.officialsteamshipguide.com or e-mail [email protected]
In this publication, the areas of the world are divided in categories such as Caribbean-Bahamas-Gulf of Mexico, Bemuda-Atlantic Coast (US and Canada), US Pacific Coast-Mexico-Hawaii, Alaska-British Columbia,South America-Galapagos-Antartica,Asia-South Pacific-Australia,Transatlantic Crossings, Scandinavia-Northern Europe-Greenland, Meditteranean-Middle East-Africa.
My suggestions for selecting a cruise are as follows: 1)Determine when you wish to take the cruise; 2)Determine where you want to cruise and the ports of call that are most important to you; 3) Go to the Official Steamship Guide to determine what ships will be cruising in the area you are interested in at the time you wish to cruise; and 4) Go to my cruise guide to evaluate which of these ships would best meet your preferences for cruising. As you know my guide rates every ship with overall star rataings and in eleven specific categories and describes each ship in detail along with photos, menus and daily programs.